Six tips for selecting salmon _ whole foods market

Wild salmon season is upon us! Rich in omega-3s, wild salmon is a great choice for summer BBQs or light family meals, and Whole Foods Market® is proud to offer a variety of different options.

With so many types and species available, you may have a few questions. Best salmon cake recipe Copper or Columbia River? King or sockeye? How can you tell if it’s a good quality fish?

As Whole Foods Market’s dedicated Alaska port buyer, I spend four months of the year on docks and piers, selecting the finest salmon for our fresh seafood cases. Best salmon fillet recipe In the process, I’ve developed a few tips for picking a delicious fish:

• Salmon comes in a variety of colors.


Best salmon patty recipe “Redder” doesn’t necessarily mean better. Best salmon recipe For example, Coho is a little paler than King, but is equally delicious. Best salmon recipe baked What you want to avoid is any salmon that shows signs of browning. Best salmon recipe ever You can also check for clear eyes, minimal bruising and firmness of flesh, which should be resistant to light pressure and bounce back easily once depressed.

• Where the fish was caught and its level of maturity affects how it will taste. Best salmon recipe oven I try to buy troll-caught salmon; trollers catch fish by hook and line while moving gently through the water, dragging artificial or fresh bait. Best salmon steak recipe Each fish is handled individually and is well tended by the trollers, who are some of the most conscious fishermen in terms of quality and workmanship. Best smoked salmon recipe They care about the environment and take great pride in what they deliver.

• King (Chinook) salmon is the most highly sought-after of all the salmon species due to its high oil content and moderate to full flavor. Chicken best recipes King comes in many shades of orange to red; there are even some tasty white-meated Kings. Delicious baked salmon recipes Some of the most highly prized are Yukon River Kings, Columbia River Spring Kings, and Copper River Kings. Easy baked salmon recipe Omega-3s are abundant in these fish and the dining experience is exquisite!

• Sockeye Reds draw people in with their bright red color and extra firm texture. Easy canned salmon recipes Premium sockeye – that with the highest oil content – comes from either very long river systems or from very cold, glacial river systems. Easy delicious salmon recipes The best sockeye comes from the Copper River, Frasier River and Yakutat (or really any location in Alaska).

• Coho (Silver salmon) comes to market a little later in the summer. Easy oven baked salmon recipes Its milder flavor makes it a good choice if you’re introducing salmon to kids. Easy recipe for salmon patties This variety is also particularly great for grilling.

• Wild salmon populations are threatened in some parts of the world. Easy salmon burger recipe To be a responsible fish eater, ask your fishmonger if the salmon you’re buying comes from a sustainable fishery. Easy salmon dinner recipes You can always look for fish from Marine Stewardship Council-certified sources, or from fisheries that are green- or yellow-rated according to the Blue Ocean Institute/Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program.

Do you have questions about selecting the right wild salmon? Strike up a conversation with the fishmonger at your local Whole Foods Market seafood counter or drop me a line in the comments section below.

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Salmon, no matter what type, has been wonderful coming from WF………and the fishmongers have been wonderfully creative on preparation methods.

btw- STEELHEAD is a form of Trout, not salmon, but really good!

@SUSAN – While it mainly comes down to personal preference, here is some info on both types. Easy salmon patty recipe Farm-raised: http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/mission-values/seafood-sustainability/aquaculture and here is info on FAQs regarding seafood sustainability: http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/mission-values/seafood-sustainability/seafood-sustainability-faq.

Great article! Quite useful. Easy salmon recipes baked I really dig Copper River salmon. Easy salmon recipes oven So, both of the Whole Foods near me only carry farmed salmon in the case, but wild frozen. Easy smoked salmon recipes Would troll caught fall into the wild category?

I’ve been experimenting with different types of salmons and marinades but so far they have turned out too dry or too salty.

You should also mention not to buy if it is mushy and not to buy Pink or Chum or Dog salmon. Fresh salmon cakes recipe They’re ok for canning or pickling(and fun to catch) but rather flavorless and not good for barbecuing or other common cooking methods.

It sounds like Whole Foods is making a conscience effort to provide its consumers with high quality healthy fish. Fresh salmon patties recipe I am wondering though what the fish are eating while raised in these tanks. Grilled salmon burger recipe Have been hearing and reading things about corn and how many animals are fed a lot of corn. Grilled salmon recipe jamie oliver Also wanting to avoid corn. Grilled salmon steak recipe How do we know what these fish are fed while in captivity / being raised? Thanks…

@PATRICIA – Keith let me know that Keta is part of the scientific name of Oncorhynchus keta. Grilled teriyaki salmon recipe Common names include Chum, which may be a much more familiar name to you. Healthy salmon cakes recipe The move from using the common name of Chum to the Scientific name of Keta is in large part to the misunderstanding of the word “CHUM” which many people relate to fish scraps and fishing methods of “Chumming” for other species by throwing fish scraps in the water. Healthy salmon recipes baked Keta is just a much more acceptable name for the consumer group. Japanese teriyaki salmon recipe The differences from other Salmons is that it is less oilier in many cases. Oven baked salmon fillet recipes It is very important to buy a good Keta from a good location. Oven baked salmon recipes Yukon Keta and Johnston Strait Keta are some of the finer of the Keta available with a very nice level of oil and flavor.

@JAMEKA – Keith stated that troll caught salmon are certainly of the WILD category. Quick baked salmon recipes Trolling is a fishing method where a fisherman drags several hooks through the water at a speed that allows the bait to wiggle and wobble in such a way as to entice the fish to bite. Quick easy salmon recipes Troll caught salmon is some of the best around as they are caught 1 fish per hook, and handled with extreme care by the fisherman. Recipe baked salmon fillet These fish are caught, dressed immediately and put on ice. Recipe for baking salmon Depending on the species they are harvesting, trollers might stay out anywhere from 1 to 4 days for fresh and much longer if they are freezing at sea. Recipe for fish cakes Salmon that are generally caught by trolling are Kings and Coho’s. Recipe for salmon burgers Some of the other salmon species may also be caught while trolling but they are generally not targeted by the troller.

@MGP – I asked Keith and he said that “our Farm Raised Salmon is much different than, I venture to say, any other farm raised salmon. Recipe for salmon cakes We have implemented very strict farming (Aquaculture) standards for all of our farm raised product. Recipe for salmon croquettes You can find these standards on our website. Recipe for salmon loaf As far as which is better for you, I am a little bias as I work with wild product and not with the farmed. Recipe for salmon patties I believe that wild has a much more varied flavor profile and there are many variances on species and where they are caught. Recipe for salmon salad The most popular wild species of salmon to smoke are King, Sockeye, and Keta (chum)”.

My kids love salmon more than chicken and I was wondering does anyone know how much salmon they can eat per week or recommend a site where i can get that information. Recipe for smoked salmon dip If it were up to my daughter she would eat it every night.

Someone mentioned corn as food for farmed fish, and the moderator danced around the answer without committing herself. Recipe for smoked salmon pasta When would this ever be appropriate for fish like salmon and trout, which are strict carnivores (insectivores) unless they catch something else by accident, e.g., random bits of vegetative matter or a fisherman’s irresistible fly or lure?

@CHARMAINE – The exact selections in each of our stores will differ by location. Recipe for smoked salmon pate Call your local store and they’ll be happy to share what they currently have in stock in the seafood department.

i would like to start eating fish once a week. Recipe for thai fish cakes my concern is with salmon not being of a safe and good quality since a lot of it is raised in unregulated farms. Recipe smoked salmon pasta i have tried to find a good wild pacific,but have had no luck. Recipes for cooking salmon what is a good safe bet from the atlantic regions that is wild and not to polluted,low in pcb’s and high in omegas,not to interested in grilling,but am thinking maybe a good quality frozen in a pouch might work for me. Recipes for salmon fillets in the oven i like to pan fry then finish in the oven if necessary.

Hi there, I’m planning an xmas party and want to serve Salmon hors devoure’s. Recipes for salmon in the oven Will Wholefoods have salmon at this time of the year and is there any special instructions for charcoal grilling salmon?

@NOEL – Our exact products differ between stores but most locations should have salmon. Recipes for salmon steaks Check with your local store directly and the seafood department will have some great grilling suggestions as well!

@RON – Since our products differ between stores, I can’t recommend an exact product for you. Salmon best recipe Check with your local store directly to speak with a team member in Seafood. Salmon fillet recipes pan fried They will be happy to help you further based on the products they have in stock.

I would like to serve a wild , fresh, salamon, filet cooked on my bbq for easter. Salmon mousse recipe jamie oliver There will be 5 adults and 3 children ages 6,7,8. Salmon pasta bake recipe What kind and how much should I buy…. Salmon pasta recipe jamie oliver I want it fresh…

@NICHOLAS – Since our salmon varieties differ between stores I would suggest reaching out to the Seafood department at your local store. Salmon pesto pasta recipe They will be happy to recommend a fresh variety and the right size for your group!

Having been in fish business for a number of years selling and enjoying the fish we sold the most was always sockeye. Salmon quiche recipe jamie oliver Our store now only sells smoked salmon but even then the hottest selling was still sockeye. Salmon recipes jamie oliver There is still great demand for the other types but for the best quality sockeye is where its at.

I would like to know what brand of canned smoked salmon you think is best. Salmon recipes pan fried My father used to smoke the salmon in his store and ship to the U.S. Salmon recipes pan seared in the 50’s, so I know what good smoked salmon can be.

How do I get a daily summary of the salmon/ shrimp products sold in the Reston store?

I am interested in the species, its origin and whether or not the product is wild or farm raised.

Is Whole Foods required to submit details of its seafood products to a government food safety body?

@CAROLE – I responded to your other comment but since our brands differ between stores, check with your local store to see what they have in stock. Salmon risotto recipe jamie oliver We also sometimes smoke salmon in-house so check with your local store about that option as well!

@ANNETTE – Our stores do not normally list their seafood options daily since the variety can differ daily. Salmon steak recipe oven I would suggest calling the Reston store directly at 703.736.0600 to speak with the Seafood team directly to see what they have in stock.

I just bought a couple of fillets what was labeled “Steelhead Salmon”: from a Whole Foods market. Simple baked salmon recipes I bought them because the fillets looked good, and the man helping me told me they were the freshest of the salmon fillets they had available. Simple healthy salmon recipes I’m just very curious because salmon and trout are two different species, (steelhead being an anadromous rainbow trout), I didn’t know what I was actually buying!

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